Christmas Bird Count: Atitlán Volcano 2017,
in memoriam Jason Berry

Compiled by , CAYAYA BIRDING, January 2018

The 11th Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano took place on 20 December 2017. A total of 26 observers in 10 groups counted birds in Reserva Natural Privada Los Tarrales, Finca San Jerónimo Miramar, Reserva Natural Privada Los Andes, in the municipal forest of Santiago Atitlán near Mirador Rey Tepepul, on Atitlán volcano, and on Tolimán volcano, and in the bay of Santiago Atitlán of Lake Atitlán. Weather conditions were favorable, with clear to cloudy sky, without rain.

CBC Atitlán Volcano 2017 in memoriam Jason Berry
We dedicated the 11th Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano to Jason Berry, friend and pioneer of modern birdwatching in Guatemala. Jason participated in two Christmas Bird Counts at Atitlán.

A total of 4423 birds of 274 species were recorded, 3 more species were observed during the count week. The most abundant species during this Christmas Bird Count with more than 50 detected individuals were (in descending order of abundance): White-collared Swift, Vaux's Swift, American Coot, Pacific Parakeet, Black Vulture, Tennessee Warbler, Band-tailed Pigeon, Great-tailed Grackle, Mexican Violetear, Townsend's Warbler, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Azure-rumped Tanager, Brown-backed Solitaire, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Bushy-crested Jay, and Clay-colored Thrush.

Horned Guan
One of 25 Horned Guans recorded during the 11th Volcán Atitlán Christmas Bird Count.

Most noteworthy records included a Crane Hawk, 21 Redheads, and 25 Horned Guans. Many of the endemics of the northern Central American highlands were recorded during the count day, including Horned Guan, Highland Guan, Fulvous Owl, Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, Azure-rumped Tanager, Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Rufous-browed Wren, Black-capped Swallow, Black-throated Jay, Rufous-collared Thrush, and Black-capped Siskin.

Fulvous Owl
Fulvous Owl is the most obvious owl species in Guatemalan high-elevation cloud forests. This bird was recorded during the 11th Volcán Atitlán Christmas Bird Count.

Atitlán volcano is part of the Atitlán Important Bird Area (IBA GT015) and this Christmas Bird Count helps to monitor bird populations in this IBA. Among the species of conservation concern recorded during the 2016 count were the globally Endangered species Azure-rumped Tanager, and two Vulnerable species (Highland Guan and Pink-headed Warbler).

Mexican Whip-poor-will
A Mexican Whip-poor-will recorded during the 11th Atitlán Volcano Christmas Bird Count.

It follows a list of species and numbers of individuals recorded during the ninth Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano (Nomenclature according to AOU 1998 and supplements, most recent update AOS 2017). Species recorded during the count week are marked with (cw).

  1. Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors 7
  2. Redhead Aythya americana 21
  3. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris 9
  4. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis 9
  5. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 2
  6. White-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis leucogastra 20
  7. Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens 30
  8. Highland Guan Penelopina nigra 44
  9. Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus 25
  10. Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx leucophrys 1
  11. Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus 7
  12. Spotted Wood-Quail Odontophorus guttatus 1
  13. Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus 2
  14. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps 2
  15. Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris 15
  16. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata 95
  17. Inca Dove Columbina inca 10
  18. Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina 3
  19. Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti 2
  20. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi 16
  21. White-faced Quail-Dove Zentrygon albifacies 17
  22. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica 7
  23. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana 14
  24. Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris 18
  25. Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis 10
  26. Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis 9
  27. Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae 5
  28. Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila 1
  29. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris 225
  30. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi 201
  31. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis 10
  32. Mexican Violetear Colibri thalassinus 84
  33. Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii 1
  34. Rivoli's Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens 9
  35. Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris 1
  36. Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens 9
  37. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus 13
  38. Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami 5
  39. Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird Tilmatura dupontii 3
  40. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris 42
  41. Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti 19
  42. Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus 5
  43. Canivet's Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii 2
  44. Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Abeillia abeillei 37
  45. Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus 7
  46. Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus 5
  47. White-bellied Emerald Amazilia candida 4
  48. Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala 6
  49. Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina 3
  50. Blue-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia cyanura 16
  51. Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila 10
  52. Blue-throated Goldentail Hylocharis eliciae 12
  53. White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis 11
  54. Sora Porzana carolina 6
  55. Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus 45
  56. Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata 25
  57. American Coot Fulica americana 200
  58. Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa 1
  59. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius 18
  60. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis 1
  61. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 11
  62. Great Egret Ardea alba 16
  63. Snowy Egret Egretta thula 5
  64. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea 8
  65. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor 13
  66. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 22
  67. Green Heron Butorides virescens 35
  68. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus 125
  69. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 39
  70. King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa 3
  71. Osprey Pandion haliaetus 2
  72. Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis 1
  73. Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens 1
  74. Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus 1
  75. Great Black Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga 1
  76. Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris 1
  77. White Hawk Pseudastur albicollis (cw)
  78. Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus 8
  79. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus 4
  80. Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus 7
  81. Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus 1
  82. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 4
  83. Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus 2
  84. Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus 3
  85. Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis 7
  86. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 5
  87. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma 1
  88. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum 4
  89. Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata 11
  90. Black-and-white Owl Ciccaba nigrolineata 2
  91. Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens 2
  92. Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus 8
  93. Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus 13
  94. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris 11
  95. Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno 2
  96. Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula 4
  97. Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 32
  98. Lesson's Motmot Momotus lessonii 18
  99. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon 4
  100. Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana 1
  101. Northern Emerald-Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus 41
  102. Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus 8
  103. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus 2
  104. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons 20
  105. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius 4
  106. Smoky-brown Woodpecker Picoides fumigatus 2
  107. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus 13
  108. Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus 13
  109. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 2
  110. Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus 4
  111. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans 1
  112. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus 2
  113. Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis 4
  114. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 1
  115. Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis 57
  116. Pacific Parakeet Psittacara strenuus 141
  117. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola 26
  118. Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis 7
  119. Yellow-naped Parrot Amazona auropalliata 10
  120. Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus 7
  121. Tawny-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus mexicanus 2
  122. Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa 1
  123. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster 5
  124. Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius 5
  125. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis 13
  126. Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia variegaticeps 8
  127. Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Clibanornis rubiginosus 9
  128. Rufous-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis erythrothorax (cw)
  129. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe 5
  130. Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata 6
  131. Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster 7
  132. Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii 2
  133. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus 1
  134. Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus 15
  135. Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare 3
  136. Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum 6
  137. Eye-ringed Flatbill Rhynchocyclus brevirostris 1
  138. Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens 4
  139. Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus 2
  140. Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus 3
  141. Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi 1
  142. Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax 7
  143. Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus 6
  144. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris 6
  145. Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus 7
  146. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii 4
  147. Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens 16
  148. Empidonax sp. 1
  149. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans 22
  150. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer 16
  151. Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus 1
  152. Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus 3
  153. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua 21
  154. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis 22
  155. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus 19
  156. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis 13
  157. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus 6
  158. Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata 7
  159. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae 7
  160. Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis 8
  161. Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis 7
  162. Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys 4
  163. Green Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius pulchellus 2
  164. Lesser Greenlet Pachysylvia decurtata 6
  165. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni 2
  166. Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons 6
  167. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius 16
  168. Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus 1
  169. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus 13
  170. Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys 7
  171. Vireo sp. 3
  172. Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo 2
  173. White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa 8
  174. Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus 54
  175. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor 3
  176. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina 44
  177. Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata 25
  178. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis 80
  179. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia 18
  180. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva 7
  181. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 20
  182. House Wren Troglodytes aedon 12
  183. Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus 13
  184. Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus 12
  185. Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha 15
  186. Spot-breasted Wren Pheugopedius maculipectus 9
  187. Rufous-and-white Wren Thryophilus rufalbus 3
  188. Cabanis's Wren Cantorchilus modestus 12
  189. White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta 9
  190. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys 25
  191. Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus 2
  192. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea 3
  193. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 4
  194. Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis 59
  195. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris 6
  196. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii 12
  197. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus 9
  198. Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus 17
  199. Mountain Thrush Turdus plebejus 1
  200. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi 51
  201. White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis 14
  202. Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques 18
  203. Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus 10
  204. Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus 3
  205. Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys cinereus 28
  206. Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus 3
  207. House Sparrow Passer domesticus 24
  208. Blue-crowned Chlorophonia Chlorophonia occipitalis 32
  209. Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis 16
  210. Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea 27
  211. Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima 21
  212. Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei 4
  213. Black-capped Siskin Spinus atriceps 3
  214. Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus 3
  215. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria 17
  216. Chestnut-capped Brushfinch Arremon brunneinucha 15
  217. White-naped Brushfinch Atlapetes albinucha 3
  218. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 1
  219. Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens 2
  220. White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis 11
  221. White-faced Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata 2
  222. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis 14
  223. Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus 1
  224. Common Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavopectus 30
  225. Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens 2
  226. Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus 4
  227. Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri 4
  228. Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus 2
  229. Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius 44
  230. Spot-breasted Oriole Icterus pectoralis 5
  231. Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis 9
  232. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 38
  233. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus 25
  234. Melodious Blackbird Dives dives 25
  235. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus 93
  236. Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla 5
  237. Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum 4
  238. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis 1
  239. Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera 1
  240. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 16
  241. Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa 11
  242. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina 108
  243. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla 7
  244. Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala 1
  245. MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei 2
  246. Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosa 1
  247. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas 4
  248. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla 1
  249. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia 11
  250. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia 13
  251. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 20
  252. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi 81
  253. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens 7
  254. Fan-tailed Warbler Basileuterus lachrymosus (cw)
  255. Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons 5
  256. Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli 7
  257. Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus 14
  258. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla 44
  259. Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor 4
  260. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus 25
  261. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 20
  262. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana 18
  263. Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata 2
  264. White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera 17
  265. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica 2
  266. Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda 2
  267. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 15
  268. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 19
  269. Painted Bunting Passerina ciris 5
  270. Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus 15
  271. Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas 36
  272. Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi 66
  273. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula 3
  274. Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina 2
  275. Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus 74
  276. Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivaceus 1
  277. White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola 14
  278. Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps 23
  279. Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens 9

References

AOU (1998) The American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. 7th edition. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

AOS (2017) Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society's check-list of North American birds. Auk 134: 751-773.


To see results of all Christmas Bird Counts throughout the Americas visit http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count.


CBC Atitlan Volcano 2017
Participants of the 11th Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano, honoring Jason Berry. The meeting was kindly hosted by Los Tarrales Reserve.

Sponsors of the Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano 2017


Participants of the 11th Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano, 2017.

List of participants (group leaders in bold-face): Carlos Aguilar, Rebeca Ajtujal, David Alinan, Claudia Avendaño, Andrea Berry, Everilda Buchán, Andy Burge, Marlon Calderón, Juan José Chinchilla, Evaristo Chocoy, Juan Chocoy, Gilberto de León, Léster de León Lux, Carol Dilworth, Knut Eisermann, Diego González, Benjamín Hernández, Alfonso Jacinto, Gerardo López, Daniel Quinom, José Ramón de Castro, Colin Shadel, Isaías Solis, Alfredo Tol González, Rolando Tol González, and Jesús Lucas Yuxón.

Compilers: Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño.


Images from the 11th Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano

Christmas Bird Count Atitlán Volcano
Satellite image of the area covered by the circle (diameter: 15 miles, 24.1 km) of the Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano. The area includes the volcanoes Atitlán and Tolimán, and the southern parts of Lake Atitlán, and ranges in altitude from 500 to 3500 m. Habitats are diverse and include humid and semihumid broadleaf forest, mixed forest, scrub, grassland, shade coffee plantation and other agricultural area, lava fields, the southern part of lake Atitlán, rivers, and urban area.
Crane Hawk
This Crane Hawk was one of the noteworthy records from the 11th Atitlán Volcano Christmas Bird Count.
Whiskered Screech-Owl
A Whiskered Screech-Owl recorded during the 11th Atitlán Volcano Christmas Bird Count.
Redhead
A total of 21 Redheads were recorded on Lake Atitlán during the 11th Atitlán Volcano Christmas Bird Count.
Wine-throated Hummingbird
A male Wine-throated Hummingbird on the upper mountain slope, photographed during the 11th Atitlán Volcano Christmas Bird Count.

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